Today, Logic Supply announced the release of their LGX ML250 Intel Core i3 / i5 fanless industrial PC systems. The system is built around ASRocks's IMB-170 industrial motherboard and features Intel's Core i3, i7, and Celeron processors. The systems are being touted as "an economical alternative to wide-temperature fanless systems. The LGX ML250 combines commercial-off-the-shelf, high-performance, mobile computing with a silent, compact, fanless chassis that's designed to be redesigned."
The systems feature a wide range of customizing options including three different processors, several memory choices, and SSD and HDD storage options. The devices can be accessorized with two different Wi-Fi setups and features several different mounting options.
Operating system options run the full gamut of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Embedded, and even Linux distribution choices. The LGX ML250 was "designed to be redesigned" which makes it easily rebranded or customized to fit your application. Options range from additional front panel I/O designs to screen printing.
Intel seems to be quite proud of the fact they now power the top supercomputer in the world. Today, the Top500 list of supercomputers was updated and a new first-place system was crowned. The Milky Way 2 is a supercomputer located in China and powered by Intel. It booted out a former US-based system powered by AMD.
Milky Way 2 is capable of 54.9 PFlops, or 54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second. This is more than twice the performance that the former leader was capable of. Even more interesting, this is the first Intel-powered system to take the crown since 1997, or a span of more than 15 years.
Milky Way 2 is powered by 32,000 Intel Xeon processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi processors. It has over 3 million processing cores across its nodes. You can read more about the system at Intel's blog post, linked at Source #1 below.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Walking around for a solid third day we continue to find ourselves bumping into cool things we missed in the past few days. Hanging around the ASRock stand for a while this afternoon and being a general nuisance to the overclockers Chris decided to make sure we did something a little more useful with our time.
He took me over to the new ASRock M8 Series barebone system which looks fantastic. Designed by the BMW Designworks USA team they've put together a great looking chassis that comes in red and black. The sides of the case are magnetic and come out very easily making access to the main area good.
Inside you'll find the new Haswell based Z87-ITX motherboard from ASRock along with a SFX 450W PSU. Being a barebone means that the rest of the system will have to be filled out with CPU, RAM, Video Card, Storage and the other normal bits and pieces. Video Card support is also very strong thanks to a riser card included making cards as large as the GTX 780 an option.
Computex Taipei 2013 - TweakTown worked with various companies to break the PCMark storage world record, but one of them was the awesome BitFenix and their Prodigy case which we've called the TweakTown Blue Prodigy PC, you can read more on that here.
We thought we'd capture it on video, as sometimes pictures just aren't good enough. The machine looks beautiful in person, and inside the machine we have a world record setting 16 SSD's that give some truly, truly insane performance. Of course, BitFenix's Prodigy is a beautiful case to begin with, and with the magic of our own Chris Ramseyer, TweakTown were etched into the record books.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We're sitting here at the Brass Monkey getting ready for the TweakTown Computex Party and VIA Technologies walks in with one of the neatest parts I've seen all day.
Let's have a look at the specifications.
It's not Hasewell overclocked to meltdown levels, but for most users that level of performance isn't necessary.
Personally I'm sold on the APC Paper. It has to be the first paper PC, at least this far south of China. The low-cost, low power unit will be available Q3 and cost less than $100.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ASUS' ROG press conference was filled with gamers' wet dreams, and it didn't stop with their new Tytan G50 machine. The Tytan G50 falls under their ROG branding, and features "Turbo Gear" which is one-touch overclocking, and very simple.
It features Intel's new fourth-generation "Haswell" Core i7 4770K processor, which can be overclocked to 4.5GHz, NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 780 GPU, 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 clocking in at 1600MHz, and for storage we have two 128GB SSD's in RAID 0 and a 2TB HDD for storage. Filling out the specs we have Windows 8 as the OS, ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology and a tray-in Blu-ray combo drive. The ROG Tytan G50 is a great-looking machine too, something we should hopefully have in our labs in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2013 - EVGA has debuted a new computer system at Computex. The ITX BOX, as it's called, is a small-form-factor system designed to be powerful and portable. This system features an integrated PSU capable of powering the latest GTX 780 and GTX Titan GPUs.
It also features an integrated slot load drive to load up your new games and movies. Support for dual hard drives allows users to install multiple SSDs or HDDs in RAID, or an SSD and HDD for speed and mass storage. Details are slim, so price and availability are currently unknown. Look for more on this and a possible review once it launches.
AVADirect has just announced that it will begin offering Intel's Haswell processors in its lines of high-performance desktop PCs. The company will begin offering the process immediately and will apparently have the full line of Haswell processors available.
Since the start of the i-series processor line, Intel has come a long way. As AVADirect continues to be an Intel Platinum Partner, it's only natural for AVADirect to take advantage of Intel's latest offerings. Intel's ability to create processors, holding such strong value, directly supports AVADirect's ability to create value in its services. AVADirect will continue to create configurations, based on Intel's Haswell processors, and will update AVADirect.com as configurations are released.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the GIGABYTE HQ last night to take a look around, and we got to experience some hands on goodness with their latest BRIX PC. What is GIGABYTE BRIX? Check out the video below and find out.
GIGABYTE's BRIX PC is similar to the Intel NUC, something I personally reviewed a little while back now, but this thing is smaller, lighter and better equipped. Where Intel's NUC was obviously made and built by Intel, this new BRIX has a custom-made motherboard by GIGABYTE. Also running around inside the BRIX is an Intel Core i3-3227U processor, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots and m-SATA is ready for your storage. Connectivity is something GIGABYTE's BRIX has in spades, sporting both HDMI and DisplayPort output and when it comes to networking, the BRIX has you covered.
We have Gigabit ethernet as well as a Wi-Fi card inside. Filling out the connectivity side of things, we also have two USB 3.0 ports, one on the front and one on the back of the BRIX. We have more images of GIGABYTE's BRIX, which you can check out in the image gallery.
GIGABYTE has introduced a new small form-factor desktop PC powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU's. It seems interesting that GIGABYTE would launch this new product so close to Intel's introduction of its new Haswell CPU's. The BRIX, as it's called, can be fitted with a wide array of Ivy Bridge chips, SSD's, and RAM.
Exact pricing hasn't been detailed, but because of the wide array of customization, GIGABYTE notes that it covers a "range" of price points. It features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-in, an Ethernet port, and a Mini Display Port, which GIGABYTE says can power up to two monitors simultaneously.
If you want a SFF PC to use as a set-top box or HTPC, this new BRIX system could be for you.
We've seen several great new products out of HP today. First the Envy TouchSmart 14 with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display, now the Envy Rove 20. HP's engineers appear to be working overtime to produce feature-rich products. The Envy Rove 20 is a "mobile all-in-one PC" and is significant as it is HP's first mobile all-in-one.
Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions:
Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together. HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined.
The system can be utilized like a tablet around the house, running on its built-in battery, or as a desktop all-in-one, making it highly versatile. The 20-inch display is of the IPS variety, meaning users can expect excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. I am a bit disappointed that the resolution is just 1,600x900. The Envy Rove 20 will be powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell line of processors.
The GeForce GTX 780 was just announced by NVIDIA, and is virtually the same power as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan, but for a hell of a lot less money. iBUYPOWER have come out announcing that NVIDIA's latest Kepler-based GPU, the GeForce GTX 780, is now available for their performance gaming systems.
Darren Su, Co-Founder and Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "We always stay on the forefront of performance, and equipping our systems with the latest graphics technologies allows us to give our customers the best possible experience". For more information on the iBUYPOWER systems with the GeForce GTX 780, check out iBUYPOWER's website.
Apple has updated the selection of available storage devices on the iMac product. The new options are a 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD. Previously only a 5,400RPM 1TB drive or a 1TB Fusion Drive was available. The new options cost an additional $300 and $600, respectively, but should bring a noticeable bump to performance.
These additional choices mostly effect the 21.5-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac did already have a 768GB SSD option available, though it came in at a costly $900. Some users don't require mass amounts of storage and only require speed. Apple is now catering to those users with some reasonable SSD choices.
For so long, a pre-built gaming PC cost so much more than a DIY rig. The DIY rigs are always down to the components chosen, and the skill of the system builder, but now Digital Storm are going to take not only the headache out of building an awesome gaming PC, but the extra cost of it, too.
Enter the Vanquish line of PCs from Digital Storm, which reduces the gap between DIY and pre-built PCs to between $23 and $58. The Vanquish line of PCs is a "carefully optimized selection of brand name, high-performance components to deliver a fluid smooth game playing experience".
Get ready to write that Christmas list, folks, as Origin have just unveiled what will undoubtedly be at the top of any gamers' wish list. Origin PC have just unveiled the availability of a new system with Corsair's 900D full-tower case, to their award-winning Genesis desktops.
What makes this system stand out is the use of 4-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan GPUs, which are all liquid cooled. The Origin Genesis Corsair 900 features:
- Supports Up To Five Radiator Mounting Points, Dual Power Supplies and Nine Hard Drive Bays
- ORIGIN CRYOGENIC Liquid-Cooling Solution for both CPU and GPU
- Supports Up To 4-WAY SLI Liquid-Cooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITANs
- ORIGIN PC Custom Automotive Paint Finish Available
ASUS announced their Transformer AiO last month, which is an Android tablet and Windows 8 desktop PC when docked. The Transformer AiO has now reached retailers in the United States, sporting an interesting design, with two operating systems, how can it go wrong?
It comes with an 18.4-inch 1920x1080 Full HD IPS display, with the display capable of ten-point multi-touch. When in tablet mode, we have an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC with 2GB of RAM. When it's in its docked PC mode, it cranks along with a third-generation Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M GPU with 2GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB HDD and DVD drive.
All of the PC components are in the dock itself, so you can remotely access the PC when using the Transformer AiO, which is a very nice feature to have. The ASUS Transformer AiO sells for $1300.
Raspberry Pi production did start off in China, but it has slowly started crawling into the UK since September. One of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's distributors, Premier Farnell/Element14, makes 100% of their Pis in the Welsh Sony factory in Pencoed, where the Pis are built under license.
Sony have been making Pis since September, but have now had their 500,000th Pi roll off their production lines. Another great stat, is that nearly 40,000 Pis are being made in Pencoed every week, with this number set to expand even more. Even at these 'small' numbers, the Foundation are having a hard time keeping up with demand across the world. Gerald Kelly, the GM of Sony's Pencoed plant, said:
In June we scheduled 204 units per week. By July that had climbed to 10,000 units per week - this month we will achieve 38,000 output per week, and this is just the beginning! The future is about higher volumes, a second generation Pi [Liz interjects: don't get your hopes up, folks; Gerald's talking about rev3 of the original Pi, which we're preparing at the moment] and accessories such as a camera board. Current total forecast for Pi products indicate that 1,000,000 output will be achieved sometime in July this year.
Code in the latest OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 beta seed seems to confirm that future Macs will be coming with support for the super-fast 802.11ac wireless protocol. Within the systems WiFi-frameworks folder, the following code can be found, supporting previous rumors Apple is working on getting 802.11ac into future Macs:
This means that most, if not all, future Macs will be produced with the 802.11ac wireless standard supported. We'll probably see a refresh of the MacBook Air sooner rather than later and I imagine 802.11ac will be included at that time. This means Apple will likely be releasing 802.11ac compliant AirPort routers and iOS devices.
Update: An April Fools joke if some people are reading this. I do love iBUYPOWER's last bit 'The Revolt XXL is unavailable and will never ship soon.'
iBUYPOWER have come out this weekend, right after Easter on April 1, unveiling their latest and greatest Revolt XXL. iBUYPOWER have released the Revolt XXL to appeal to the hardest of the hardcore gamers, with Sam Felix, Master of Product Development at iBUYPOWER saying:
We didn't listen to customer feedback at all. We took inspiration from outside of the industry. Water heaters, fridges, and building columns, we said the industry's going smaller, but we need to go bigger.
iBUYPOWER have created the Revolt XXL to "increase the size of its owner's ego, and other things." Not my words, but iBUYPOWER's! The Revolt XXL has "unrealistic features," which include:
- The ability to stop time. Seriously.
- When you start losing a game, you will automatically rage against your teammates and quit.
- Indestructable. It can't be damaged, destroyed, or even scratched. Ever. Once you get it, you're stuck with it. Forever.
The Revolt XXL is unavailable and will never ship soon.
You might want to be good this year, or else Santa won't know to add this to your Christmas list - Digital Storm have just announced their brilliantly specced Hailstorm II. Digital Storm's latest creation crams some seriously high-end components into Corsair's Obsidian Series 900D case.
Hailstorm II features an advanced liquid cooling system with the current of cold air driven by three front intake fans, backed up by a large exhaust fan. The Hailstorm II is capable of having a total of 15 fans installed, which should give even the most airflow crazy gamer out there plenty of room to move. There's ten expansion slots at play, up to nine HDDs or SSDs with three hot-swap mounts, four 5.25-inch optical drive bays, two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports on the front of the Hailstorm II give you plenty of storage and connectivity options.
Each Digital Storm PC goes through a rigorous 72-hour stress-test, ensuring that when you receive your Hailstorm II (or any other Digital Storm PC) it is ready for some serious gaming. There are four tiers of Hailstorm II PCs available, Level 1 through 4. Level 1 starts at $2762 and comes with an Intel Core i7 3770K overclocked to up to 4.8GHz, 16GB of DDR3 1600MHz, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680 GPU, a 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD for storage.
Users who have long wanted to mount their iMac onto their wall or a stand can rejoice this morning. Apple has finally added a VESA mount to its iMac line of computers.
The new VESA mount iMac's are available in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch classes and you will have to search a bit to find them as they are a separate product from the regular iMac line. The addition of the VESA mount will cost you an additional $40 for something that is considered standard on most other computers.
iMac's with the VESA mount option do not appear to come with a stand so keep that in mind when making your purchase. We are sure that third party stands will quickly begin popping up everywhere shortly.